Environmental Studies

Kyle Dell, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair
Holly Peterson, Associate Professor of Geology and Earth Science, Co-Chair 
Marlene L. McCauley, Professor of Geology
Bronwyn Tucker, Visiting Instructor

Environmental studies provides an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the relationship between humans and the environment. It allows students to study and address a fundamental issue of our times – the quality of the Earth’s environment and the sustainable use of its natural resources. The program’s focus on justice, global awareness, service to the larger community and the concept of nature as sacred are in keeping with Guilford’s five academic principles and its Quaker heritage. For the purposes of the environmental studies program, courses of environmental relevance at Guilford have been divided between environmental science and non-science courses.

Students interested in the environmental studies minor have two tracks from which to select: a traditional and broad-based environmental studies track as well as a track that focuses on the Cape Fear River Basin. Both minor tracks are described below. The traditional track of environmental studies emphasizes a combination of science and non-science courses that provide a range of perspectives and skills for addressing environmental problems and responses. The Cape Fear River track provides a more focused and place-based experience in which students access environmental problems, responses, relationships and engagement at a more immediate geographic scale; students in this track will deepen their personal engagement with this place, their critical and creative skills and the value of “upstream-downstream” thinking.

The minor in environmental studies is not available to environmental studies majors.

Environmental Studies (Traditional) Track

Requires a minimum of 20 credit hours (five courses); one course must be at the 300 level.

ENVS 101Environmental Science, Policy and Thought: Introduction to Environmental Studies4
BIOL 201Intro Biol: Form and Function4
BIOL 202Intro Biol: Ecol and Evolution4
Select two of the following:8
Environmental Science
Field Botany
North Carolina Freshwater Fishes
Vertebrate Field Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Animal Behavior
General Ecology
Chemistry of Recycling
Real World Chemistry
Chemical Principles I
Chemistry of Food and Cooking
Environmental Pollution
Junior Seminar: Socio-Ecol.
Senior Seminar
Geology and the Environment
Images of the Earth: GIS and Remote Sensing
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Elementary Statistics
Research Methods
Select one of the following:4
Microeconomic Principles: Public Policy
Environmental and Resource Economics
American Literature Survey I
The American Landscape (ART 220)
Urban Environmental History
American Rivers
Conflict Transformation for Peacebuilding and Justice (JPS 236)
Environmental Ethics
Environmentalism in Early America
Modern Environmental Problems
Environmental Psychology
American Nature Writing (ENGL 228)
Environmental Anthropology
Total Credits24

Total credit hours required for environmental studies (traditional) track is 20 credits

Appropriate internships or independent studies with sufficient academic content and rigor may be substituted for a science or a non- science course, but must be approved in advance by the program coordinator.